March 13, 2013 |
The Obama administration continued its push to ramp up renewable energy projects on public land, approving three new projects on Wednesday, including what would become the largest solar power plant in the world. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the approvals in San Francisco alongside Gov. Jerry Brown. The bulk of the coming renewables rush is happening in the state -- since 2009, more than 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, geothermal and transmission projects have been approved on federal land in California.
October 26, 2010
Countering cancer Re " Breast cancer ? can we be too aware?" Opinion, Oct. 20 H. Gilbert Welch does a significant disservice to the ladies (and men) who will be attacked by this dreadful disease. The idea that "too much awareness" is somehow detrimental is so addle-headed that addressing it becomes almost impossible. My family has also been hit hard by breast cancer (as was Welch's, and I am glad his wife is well). My beautiful lady, Nancy, was killed by the disease in 2006.
December 5, 2003 |
Regulators on Thursday approved Southern California Edison Co.'s plan to build the world's largest solar power plant despite concerns that the facility could soak up all the money that subsidizes small alternative energy projects in the state. The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3 to 1 to support the 40-acre solar facility in Daggett, near Barstow, which would provide power for nearly 4,000 homes.
February 9, 2010 |
French nuclear energy giant Areva has jumped into the U.S. renewable energy market with the acquisition of Ausra Inc., a Mountain View, Calif., solar power plant start-up. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Areva executive Anil Srivastava said the sale price was in line with the $418 million that rival Siemens of Germany spent last year to acquire Solel Solar Systems, an Israeli solar power plant builder. That would be a decent payday for Ausra's investors, which include Silicon Valley venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Khosla Ventures.
November 4, 2010 |
A Native American tribe has filed a lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to block construction of Tessera Solar's Imperial Valley solar power plant in the Sonoran Desert. The 709-megawatt solar farm, planned for more than 6,000 acres of public land near El Centro, wrapped up its approval process in October. But the Quechan tribe alleged in a complaint against the Interior Department that the installation could damage "cultural and biological resources of significance.
February 27, 1999 |
A storage tank exploded at a solar power plant Friday, sending flames and billows of smoke into the sky for hours and forcing authorities to evacuate the immediate area. The fire, which broke out about 6 p.m., was still burning four hours later at the SEGS II power plant near Interstate 40 about seven miles east of Barstow, said San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief David McLees.
September 8, 1992 |
A leading Japanese-owned manufacturer of solar energy panels plans to set up a large-scale manufacturing operation in Carlsbad, city officials said this week. United Solar Systems Corp., a unit of Canon Inc. of Japan., is close to buying 30 acres of land in the Carlsbad Research Center near Palomar Airport Road at El Camino Real, Carlsbad Planning Director Michael Holzmiller said.
June 4, 2008 |
Southern California Edison said Tuesday that it agreed to buy 245 megawatts of power from solar plants to be built in the Antelope Valley by ESolar Inc., a unit of Pasadena-based business incubator Idealab. The plants, which are expected to begin operating in 2011, will provide enough electricity for about 160,000 homes, said Stuart Hemphill, the Rosemead utility's vice president of renewable and alternative power. "We're excited about the promise of solar," Hemphill said.
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April 24, 2012 |
The Feb. 27 letter from the chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes was pleading and tough. It asked President Obama to slow the federal government's "frantic pursuit" of massive solar energy projects in the Mojave Desert because of possible damage to Native American cultural resources. The Obama administration didn't respond. But four days after Chairman Eldred Enas sent the letter, the Indians say they found an answer, delivered by spirits of the desert. Howling winds uncovered a human tooth and a handful of burned bone fragments the size of quarters on a sand dune in the shadow of new solar power transmission towers.
October 15, 2011 |
As Republican lawmakers pound the Obama administration for pouring a half-billion dollars into now-bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra, a much bigger federal government bet on green energy looks to be quietly paying off for California. Six large solar power plants to help the state meet its ambitious clean electricity goals are proceeding on schedule, according to their developers. Like Solyndra, these projects carry federal loan guarantees — $7 billion worth in total — which are considered key to attracting private investment in alternative energy.